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More Stories from the April 12, 2008 issue

  1. Animals

    Robin stole credit for Batman’s deeds

    Bats turn out to be overlooked but significant eaters of insects, pests and other arthropods on shade-grown coffee farms and in tropical forests.

  2. Archaeology

    Peruvian site yields a golden discovery

    The discovery of a 4,000-year-old gold necklace in Peru suggests that social elites and economic growth appeared in a surprisingly simple society.

  3. Earth

    Refuge for the resilient

    Some conservationists recommend creating marine parks in areas most likely to survive climate change.

  4. Astronomy

    Solving a cosmic ray conundrum

    Astronomers say they have solved a puzzle about the most energetic particles that smash into Earth.

  5. Earth

    Britain’s biggest meteorite strike

    An unusual layer of rock found along Britain's northwestern coast formed from the debris thrown out of a crater when a meteorite struck nearby more than 1 billion years ago.

  6. Humans

    Letter from the Publisher

    Science News is about to pause briefly before presenting itself to you in a new form, both in print and online.

  7. Animals

    Antibiotic Alligator: Promising proteins lurk in reptile blood

    Scientists are zeroing in on alligator blood proteins that show promise for fighting disease-causing microbes.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Body and Brain: Possible link between inflammation and bipolar disorder

    Inflammatory genes create a signature for bipolar disorder in some people.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Virus Reprise: Mumps outbreak in 2006 was largest in 20 years

    Mumps infected more than 6,500 people in the United States in 2006, the largest outbreak in 20 years.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Stem Cell Snag: Implanted cells may show signs of Parkinson’s

    After as many as 16 years, nerve cells transplanted into the brains of Parkinson's patients still thrive, but some show signs of acquiring the disease.

  11. Chemistry

    Einstein’s invisible hand: Is relativity making metal act like a noble gas?

    Element 114 should be chemically similar to lead, but controversial experimental data shows it behaves more like a noble gas, potentially subverting the periodic table's structure.

  12. All in the Family

    Contrary to popular belief, species of salamanders, birds, beetles and fish prefer to mate with close kin.

  13. Out of Thin Air

    Biologists dream of the day when they could engineer crops to make fertilizer out of the nitrogen in the air.

  14. Humans

    Letters from the April 12, 2008, issue of Science News

    Dark star In “From Dark Matter to Light: New models of galaxy formation show the gastro in physics” (SN: 3/22/08, p. 186), Ron Cowen says that gas is where the action is since dark matter predominantly responds to only gravity. Because dark matter responds to gravity, wouldn’t it, like gas, be pulled into the star-making […]